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Geography

Introduction

Geography is a dynamic subject that affects us all in a rapidly changing world.  The study of geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. It helps our students make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected.  It builds on pupils’ own experiences to investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global.

Geographical enquiry encourages questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, now and in the future.

Year 7

In Year 7 students start the year by studying an introductory unit - looking at OS maps and atlas skills. Students look at how rivers shape the land and the way in which flooding impacts on our lives.  Other topics in Year 7 include weather, tourism and settlement.

Year 8

Year 8 Geography looks at a varied selection of topics, covering physical and human aspects of the subject.  Our Physical Geography studies consider the role of volcanoes and earthquakes and their impact on our lives.  Students focus on case studies involving Rainforests and Antarctica.  The Human Geography covered in Year 8 looks at population and migration.

Year 9

In Year 9 students build upon the earlier skills they have acquired by focusing on topics that are frequently in the news.  Climate change, the development of industry, energy and a case study on South Africa are studied.  These topics allows students to consider how the physical and human strands of Geography interact.

Year 10

The Geography GCSE course follows the Pearson Specification.  The course is designed to give students an insight into future issues and challenges through the study of current issues of local, national and global importance.  There is a strong link in this specification to issues such as environmental sustainability, challenges of urban living and natural world hazards.  By exploring their own values and attitudes to these, and similar, issues, students can prepare themselves for the world in which they will live and help to shape our planet's future.

Year 11

In preparation for the final examinations, students focus on the challenges facing our world today.  A varied selection of topics are covered such as the changing economy of the UK and the challenges facing rural and urban communities around the world.

Revision is vital to success in the examinations facing students.  An active and varied revision programme will be followed by students to ensure they fulfil their potential.